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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Why is there only one time of year – as goblins, ghouls, and ghosts frolic on front lawns – when we embrace THE FEAR? At all other times, THE FEAR dominates us, controls us, and prevents us from greatness. What is there to THE FEAR? Disagreement? Criticism? Humiliation? Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (894) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Location: Bottle from Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, CA
Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices
Taste: Rum-spiked pumpkin pie
Overall: A bit too boozy and bitter for me. Could of used some creamy / malty / nutty balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark copper color that’s almost brown with dark burnt orange edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind. Sweet, yet spicy pumpkin pie aroma with a nice balance of caramel malt, autumnal spices and pumpkin puree. Some caramel malt and toffee followed by allspice, clove, ginger and cinnamon. The peppery spices are countered by pumpkin pie sweetness, vanilla and nutmeg. A bit more roast than expected for the style but still smells dessert like. Medium bodied with more roast and hop bitterness than the atom suggests. Roasted malt presence Long with dry, earthy hops and toasted pumpkin seed. This dry roasted character takes away from the better qualities of the beer in my opinion. There is still a stron zesty autumnal spice profile but most of the pumpkin pie sweetness found in the aroma is overpowered. Some caramel malt sweetness along with cinnamon, brown sugar and clove with some nutmeg and pumpkin puree buried underneath. The high ABV is very well masked but I wish it was better balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (1000) - - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from hop hideout, Sheffield. Dark brown with cream head. Aroma is carrot, pumpkin, orange, ginger. Taste is spicy and sweet and boozy. Prickly and full bodied with oil. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cokemonkey11 (467) - - NOV 9, 2015
Brown bottle, cork and cask, Edinburgh. Pours black with a thin tan head. Scent is mild, a little toffee. Taste is a bit coffee and a bit bitter/Pumpkin spice. Finish is dry and dense. Coffe/toffee taste. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (2085) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours deep dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is pumpkin, cocoa and spices. Taste is sweet with some light bitters, mostly sweet. Medium bodied, smooth...almost creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18114) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle from The Boulevard in San Diego. Dark almost black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty carMel and pimpling aroma, grassy, cinnamon notes, some chocolate. Malty chocolate flavor, pimpling, caramel, licorice, grapes, cinnamon, some cloce, quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Caramelized pumpkin and spice in the aroma with some roasted malt; dark cola brown color, dense tan head; pumpkin sweetness, a fair amount of cinammon and allspice, dry finish, alcohil hides pretty well, buy can be felt; medium body, smooth; good pumpkin beer, but not great, somewhat generic actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2015
On draft. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, toast, nutmeg and pumpkin. Finish was warming and spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3629) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to small snifters, showing a deep mahogany color, with a fair layer of off white/light tan head foam, and wavy lacing. The nose was dark fruit, some roasted quality, lurking alcohol, light pie spices, with an added cedar hint? The taste was similar notes, medium bodied, with average carbonation, including earthy, rind-like bitterness, some actualized booze, and a dry finish. A decent blend, and not too scary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (803) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Aroma has hints of spices. Taste is a mix between a light stout and pumpkin with some alcohol. Overall not quite the best.

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